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CONSUMERS POWER BRINGS IN MIDWESTERN UTILITIES TO HELP RESTORE POWER

 CONSUMERS POWER BRINGS IN MIDWESTERN UTILITIES TO HELP RESTORE POWER
 JACKSON, Mich., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Power Company employees have reduced the number of electric customers who remain without power from this week's severe weather to below 150,000 this morning, as utility line crews from Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Youngstown and Peoria begin arriving to assist in the power restoration effort.
 Approximately 280 lineworkers from Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Dayton Power and Light, Central Illinois Power, Ohio Edison and contractors serving Cincinnati Gas and Electric have begun arriving in Michigan and are being mobilized in the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Midland, Saginaw, Jackson, Jonesville and Allegan areas to expedite the reconnection of power to homes and businesses whose service was interrupted due to high winds and lightning strikes during severe thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday. More than 400 independent contractor lineworkers from Michigan were mobilized yesterday to assist in the restoration work.
 Consumers Power estimates nearly 500,000 of its 1.5 million electric customers were out of service from this week's storms. "We expect to have the vast majority of those still out of power back on line by Saturday evening, but it still looks like it could be Monday before everyone is back in service," said Paul Elbert, the utility's senior vice president of energy distribution. Consumers Power is asking customers facing difficulty in telephoning in information about their service interruption to keep trying. The company is utilizing customer service operators in its natural gas service Metro Detroit Region to assist operators in its electric service area in processing customer outage information.
 Consumers Power Company, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS), is Michigan's largest natural gas and electric utility serving almost 6 million of the state's 9 million residents in 67 of the 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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 /CONTACT: Kelly Farr of Consumers Power, 517-788-2394/
 (CMS) CO: Consumers Power Company; CMS Energy Corporation ST: Michigan IN: UTI SU:


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